University of East Anglia Master's in Comic Art Announcement

University of East Anglia announces Master’s in Comic Art for 2020

The University of East Anglia, near Norwich, will launch a Master of Arts program in Comics Studies in September 2020 – the first in the world. “Comics have never been more popular, and never more important,” an announcement reads. “Our MA degree in Comics Studies will enable you to discover the varied history, culture andContinue reading University of East Anglia announces Master’s in Comic Art for 2020

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Lost British Comic Projects: SCOOPS, a Newspaper Comic

In January’s initial downthetubes tribute to the late Ron Smith, pages of original artwork – that had earlier appeared on eBay – were presumed to have been for the artist’s own speculative adventure comic project. This confusion arose from the related paperwork, involving Ron Holland, who – rather than the renowned 2000AD illustrator – wasContinue reading Lost British Comic Projects: SCOOPS, a Newspaper Comic

The Spacefleet Helicar, as released for the Dan Dare Picture Card series released by Calvert in 1954. Via EBay

Unearthed: Early Dan Dare designs by Frank Hampson inspired inspired by innovative 1950s inventions

A discovery of an auction item of Dan Dare-related art by Frank Hampson sheds welcome light on the artist and writer’s visionary design work, and how he not only drew on contemporary design but came up with all-new inventions for the “Dan Dare” comic strip for Eagle, some that would become reality. Auctioned in 2017Continue reading Unearthed: Early Dan Dare designs by Frank Hampson inspired inspired by innovative 1950s inventions

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Comic Creator Spotlight: Comic Artist Emmanuel Lepage

Born in 1966, French comic artist and writer Emmanuel Lepage, whose work Springtime in Chernobyl is being re-published this June by IDW Publishing, began developing his talent as an artist at just 13, He worked hard, aided by careful guidance of the creator of Bizu, Jean-Claude Fournier. In 1983, the newspaper Ouest-France started featuring someContinue reading Comic Creator Spotlight: Comic Artist Emmanuel Lepage

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New Beano offers free copy of 2019 annual in limited distribution promotion

This week’s Beano (Issue 3977) is getting a limited distribution promotion, offering a bagged, free copy of the 2019 Beano Annual with purchase at participating WHSmith stores, which appear to be those at railway stations and airports. It got a good “box out” to grab attention in the comic section of stores such as theContinue reading New Beano offers free copy of 2019 annual in limited distribution promotion